Weekly Shōnen Sunday

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Weekly Shōnen Sunday
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1984 Vol. 40 featuring Urusei Yatsura on the cover.
Editor Masato Hayashi
Categories Shōnen manga
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 532,667 (2013)[1]
First issue April 5, 1959
Company Shogakukan
Country  Japan
Language Japanese
Website websunday.net

Weekly Shōnen Sunday (Japanese: 週刊少年サンデー Hepburn: Shūkan Shōnen Sandē?), first published on April 5, 1959, is a weekly shōnen manga magazine published in Japan by Shogakukan. Contrary to its title, Weekly Shōnen Sunday issues are released on Wednesdays.

History[edit]

Shōnen Sunday was first published on Sunday, April 5, 1959, as a response to its rival Shōnen Magazine. The debut issue featured Shigeo Nagashima, the star player of the Yomiuri Giants on the cover, and a congratulatory article by Isoko Hatano, a noted child psychologist.

Despite its name, Shōnen Sunday was originally published on Tuesdays of each week, switching to Wednesdays in 2011. The "Sunday" in the name was the creation of its first editor, Kiichi Toyoda, who wanted the title to be evocative of a relaxing weekend.

Weekly Shōnen Sunday's mascot, Issue 1991-#37

Shōnen Sunday's distinctive "pointing finger" that appears in the lower corner of every page on the left side of the magazine made its subtle debut in the 4/5 issue from 1969. This understated feature, ever present but easily overlooked, was referenced as a plot element in 20th Century Boys. Sunday's more noticeable mascot, a helmeted fish debuted in the 1980s.

Prior to the 1990s and 2000s no serial in Shōnen Sunday had run over 40 volumes, but that began to change with series such as Meitantei Conan, MAJOR, InuYasha, Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Kenichi and Karakuri Circus, which maintained a high level of popularity. Consequently, another change that has met with mixed feelings is the early discontinuation of series by non-veteran manga artist which has led to newer artists, Kōji Kumeta for example, leaving for other publishers' magazines.

In a rare event due to the closeness of the two magazine's founding dates, Weekly Shōnen Sunday and Weekly Shōnen Magazine released a special combined issue[2] on March 19, 2008. In addition, other commemorative events, merchandise, and manga crossovers were planned for the following year as part of the celebrations.[3]

Currently running manga-series[edit]

Series title Author Premiered
-Asaoka Koukou Yakyuubu Nisshi- Over Fence (-浅丘高校野球部日誌- オーバーフェンス?) Mitsuru Adachi April 2011
Ane Log Moyako Neesan no Tomaranai Monologue (姉ログ 靄子姉さんの止まらないモノローグ?) Kenji Taguchi September 2012
Arata Kangatari ~Engaku Kougatari~ (アラタ カンガタリ〜革神語〜?) Yuu Watase October 2008
Area D Inou Ryouiki (AREA D 異能領域?) Yang Kyung-il, Kyouichi Nanatsuki March 2012
Be Blues! ~Ao ni Nare~ (BE BLUES!〜青になれ〜?) Motoyuki Tanaka January 2011
Bestialious (闘獣士?) Masafumi Kakizaki August 2013
Birdmen (バードメン?) Yellow Tanabe July 2013
Charactimes (キャラクタイムズ?) Fujiminosuke Yorozuya January 2013
Chousuinou Kei (超推脳KEI?) Kazuo Gomi, Yoshiki Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Mizuno March 2013
Denpa Kyōshi (電波教師?) Takeshi Azuma November 2011
Detective Conan (名探偵コナン?) Gosho Aoyama January 1994
Fantasista Stella (ファンタジスタ ステラ?) Michiteru Kusaba October 2012
Gekko Jorei (月光条例?) Kazuhiro Fujita March 2008
Gin no Saji Silver Spoon (銀の匙 Silver Spoon?) Hiromu Arakawa April 2011
Hayate no Gotoku! (ハヤテのごとく!?) Kenjiro Hata October 2004
Inubu! -Bokura no Shippo Senki- (犬部! -ボクらのしっぽ戦記-?) Yuka Katano, Haruki Takakura, Aki Hamanaka May 2011
Joujuu Senjin!! Mushibugyo (常住戦陣!!ムシブギョー?) Hiroshi Fukuda January 2011
Keijo!!!!!!!! (競女!!!!!!!!?) Daichi Sorayomi July 2013
Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple (史上最強の弟子ケンイチ?) Shun Matsuena April 2002
Kokushi Musou!! (國士無双!!?) Kazuki Tajima July 2013
Kunisaki Izumo no Jijō (國崎出雲の事情?) Aya Hirakawa January 2010
Kyōkai no Rinne (境界のRINNE?) Rumiko Takahashi April 2009
Magi (マギ?) Shinobu Ohtaka June 2009
Nobelu (NOBELU -演-?) Shinji Nojima, Yuzuru Yoshida March 2013
Saigo wa? Straight!! (最後は?ストレート!!?) Kazuyuki Samukawa October 2010
Saijō no Meii ~The King of Neet~ (最上の明医〜ザ・キング・オブ・ニート〜?) Irie Kenzou, Takashi Hashiguchi March 2010
Tadashii Kodomo no Tsukurikata! (正しいコドモの作り方!?) Marita Morita, Takayoshi Kuroda April 2012
Zettai Karen Children (絶対可憐チルドレン?) Takashi Shiina July 2004

Other well-known Sunday series[edit]

In its nearly fifty year history Shōnen Sunday has been host to many series that are considered classics of their genre. From the works of Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori to Rumiko Takahashi, Mitsuru Adachi and Gosho Aoyama, some of the biggest names in the industry have called Shōnen Sunday their home.

Circulation[edit]

  • 2000 - 2.02 million
  • 2002 - 1.53 million
  • 2003 - 1.31 million
  • 2004 - 1.16 million
  • 2005 - 1.06 million
  • 2006 - 1.01 million
  • 2007 - 0.94 million
  • 2008 - 873,438[4]
  • 2009 - 773,062[5]
  • 2010 - 678,917[6]
  • 2011 - 583,750

Editors[edit]

  • 1991 - 1993
    • Takashi Hirayama
  • 1994 - 2000
    • Toyohiko Okuyama
  • 2000 - 2002
    • Shinichiro Tsuzuki
  • 2002 - 2004
    • Shinichi Mikami
  • 2004–present
    • Masato Hayashi

International version[edit]

North American edition[edit]

Anime News Network also confirmed that Viz Media plans on launching Shonen Sunday titles in the U.S. Starting with Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne manga adaptation, which was released on October 20, 2009.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boy's Manga" (in Japanese). Japanese Magazine Publishers Association. September 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Shōnen Sunday's 50th Anniversary". Rumic World. April 13, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Shōnen Magazine Shōnen Sunday Mark 50th Anniversary". Anime News Network. March 22, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Where's The Manga Magazine Bailout?". Manga Cast. 2009-02-22. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  5. ^ "2009 Japanese Manga Magazine Circulation Numbers". Anime News Network. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  6. ^ "2010 Japanese Manga Magazine Circulation Numbers". JMPA. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 

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